The Christ of the Lanterns

Another ghost story is about one of the most beautiful and mystical squares in Córdoba, Plaza de los Capuchinos, where the famous Christ of the Lanterns is located. This place was named after the Franciscan convent founded in the seventeenth century on some houses belonging to the Marquis of Almunia, although it is commonly known as Plaza del Cristo de los Faroles.

The Plaza de Capuchinos opens in the seventeenth century as we have indicated on some houses that the Marquis de la Almunia had as property. Its form is given by the construction of the convent, as well as the Church of the Dolores finished there in the eighteenth century.

Years later, the monument to the Christ of the Lanterns was built, whose author was Juan Navarro León covered in the 20s by protective fences and lanterns replaced in 1984.

The pavement of the square, is gray granite which was renovated in the 50s. To avoid the passage of vehicles, in 2007 it is installed some pillars to make it definitely pedestrian

According to the legend every night at twelve o’clock, the same steps are heard on the floor of the Cuesta del Bailío; steps similar to a military parade. Towards only a few years that the Christ of the lanterns had been placed back in the 18th century, a character was mentioned who was walking covered with a cape, who, with a martial and military parade, came to the Christ, made a prayer and without saying a word. I was marching.

It was said that this gentleman, whose name was Carvajal, belonged to a wealthy family and that he had disappeared under strange circumstances. In fact, for years he was not seen in the city. The legend begins when it reappears and it is thought that it really is a spirit that was looking for peace to its eternal soul.

One day someone was brave and asked the individual, if he really was a ghost to which he answered no, but he came to this Christ to pray every night because he commented that in one night walking down the Hill, he was violently assaulted and in the fight where he was wounded, the other was killed. The subject as thanks to the Christ because I believe that he had protected him, appeared and prayed a prayer.

This scene is still happening more than two centuries later, where the soldier Carvajal, whose face we can not see, appears in the Plaza del Cristo de los Faroles to pay homage for such a great favor.